Thursday, 29 July 2010

PDCC Colour Splash and my attempt at CAS!

Hi everyone

How are you all?  I hope you're having a great week that involves lots of crafting!

It's Play Date Cafe time again, and for this week I had my own personal challenge to use Versamark and to make something CAS (clean and simple).  Now this may come very easily to some of you but I cannot count the number of times I try to make a simple card only to keep adding to it!  I'm really pleased that I didn't with this one... I think!

This week's sponsor is Memory Box so we had two beautiful stamps to play around with, both of which are our prizes for the lucky winner!  I decided to play with the larger stamp, with this outcome....

and here's the colour inspiration from Sarah ...

If you look very closely you may just about see that I stamped the background with Versamark using Hero Arts butterflies, called Antique Engravings I think, they're not showing very clearly on this picture though.

These are the stamps from Memory Box, aren't they lovely!  I love the script of the first one and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to raise the wing of the butterfly.  You should see what the rest of the design team have come up with, their creations are my fave so far I think.  I have a few ideas for the second butterfly so will try and make something soon with that one too.  It would look lovely with a damask border as a background behind the plain wing, don't you think?

 Step by step for this card;

  1. Mat black cardstock onto white card base
  2. Stamp 3 different butterflies onto black cardstock using Versamark ink to create background
  3. Stamp Memory Box image twice onto white cardstock
  4. Tie green ribbon bow around main image
  5. Fussy cut second butterfly and attach to main image as shown, lifting the wings to give some dimension
  6. Attach panel at an angle to black base
  7. Add two crystals to the antennaes
  8. Ask yourself, 'shall I just add...., or just one of those brads, or that flower, or some fancy border, or some glitter or ....' and then give yourself a serious telling off reminding yourself that you wanted clean and simple and that's what you've got, so let it go!
Stamps: Memory Box, Hero Arts
Papers: Bazzill Basics
Accessories: Green ribbon from stash

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's inspirational pieces! 

So come and join in on the fun!  Pop on over to the Cafe and link your post. If you use an online gallery, please use the keyword PDCC40.

So, how did I do?  Shall I just stick to my normal style or give CAS a go every now and then?!   Just say it how it is, I won't be offended! :o)


  1. So pretty, love the dimension on the butterfly!

  2. You are now the Queen of CAS! : )
    This is great Ruby and just the right 'splash' of green!

  3. Lovely clean and simple! Beautiful pop of green!

  4. CAS! I love CAS, but I can't get around to do it, it always looks to me as I had forgotten to add something :(

    Your card is so elegant Ruby!

  5. LOOOOOOOOVE it! And CAS! I think that is my new style:) I love that 3D butterfly! Beautifully done:) Also--as always I love your steps!! This week my last step was, "Should I add just a bit more green? Just here....or maybe here!" HA! LOVE it:)

  6. gorgeous card, love the little touch of green ribbon and jewels, perfect with this large image!

  7. Wowzers this is Clean and Crisp and Sharp! Love it! That 3D butterfly is stunning!

  8. Love your card Ruby, it's gorgeous! Very CAS, and weren't these stamps so lovely to work with :)

  9. Wow, love the dimension on your butterfly! And the touches of green are perfect!

  10. Pretty!! Love the green bling on the antennae, perfect look for a CAS! I really like the dimension look of the butterfly. Thanks for the step-by-step!!


  12. Ruby, THIS IS STUNNING!!!!!!! You are my CAS guru from now on. The 3D butterfly is fantastic and the ribbon just adds the perfect splash! LOVE it!!!!

  13. so amazing, love the 3D wing!
    and I really enjoy reading how you made it, perfect!

  14. Hi Rubes, Stunning card... really eye catching.
    Hope you are having a fun weekend.
    Sandra x

  15. I love how you used the colors but more then that, I love how you used that great stamp! LOVE the 3-D butterfly!

  16. Pretty card Ruby! Gorgeous butterfly :)

  17. What a fabulous CAS creation, Ruby! Love how you popped the butterfly wings.. just lovely!!

  18. I think you nailed the CAS style - it's a stunning card :)

  19. You did fab with the challenge, and the CAS! (I have that problem too!lol) Luv the wings.......


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